From the Centre

Grace, Patricia

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With the publication of her first collection of short stories in 1975, Patricia Grace became the first wahine Maori to achieve such an outcome... and the rest, as they say, is history. From short stories to novels to children's books, over the decades that have followed she has continued to enrich and expand New Zealand literature.

In this unadorned memoir, this award-winning author humbly relates the story of her life against the backdrop of a changing society: from her birth to a Pakeha mother and Maori father, her childhood through to her training as a teacher, marriage, motherhood and at its centre, her writing, her whanau, her whenua. [Larger font]

Comments from BDS Reviewers

"I enjoyed this book. Her growing awareness of her bi-cultural family is described with such skill."

"We can visualise the little girl, the struggling adolescent and the matriarchal activism that has, to date, characterised her life."

"This book is well, if humbly written."

"This book is also the story of New Zealand during the Maori renaissance by someone who lived it, not necessarily by choice but because of whakapapa."

"Grace is honest in her reactions to the daily challenges of defending her culture and ancestral lands."

"It is difficult for an autobiography to be seen as complete while the subject is still alive, but this book does fulfil that aim. Hopefully there will be more to be said about this remarkable lady."

"Her writing is plain, unadorned, seemingly honest and open about her life. There are lyrical passages where she describes some events."



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